Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Friday, 1 December 2017

Pigeon Post is winging love to Co. and a parcel to Ca.

The other day a pigeon hopped his merry way  slowly down our drive, past the trees, and into the glass-house. He was struggling with a very droopy wing.  he could not fly and finally I managed to capture him in a trout net, and he is happily living in the cat cage, in the spare bedroom, where it is cool and safe. On Monday we are taking him to Dawn, the local bird rescue lady. A good examination didn’t show any  bare bones,so he is an excellent  ambassador for a message and a parcel.Pigeon at our place December 2017

First job for him is to carry a message of love to Colorado, for R and his family as they wait for more results and possible treatment. KB, I am sending a   message  of love and hope, with so many caring thoughts for you all. R, you handsome fellow, those ears, the loving eyes, and your shining black coat, let all be well with you.

Next up, he has a heavier load as he takes a parcel to California. Inger, the bag is on its way!1 I thought it was fairly safe to post a photo here, Another R( not her full name)!!! is the recipient, I hope this will give her lots of happiness and good use. R loves animals and birds of all kinds, so the owl was a  good start, and the purple batik fabric has cats outlined in a golden colour.

Rachel's Bag 2017

Pockets inside for phone, goodies and an iPad.Pockets in Rachel's bag

One last photo before he flies away.

He is off to California for Rachel

We have been having very hot days,for us here in November. The firewood work is  tiring!!!  Friends helping make so much difference to the work-load.  I am sure that next winter, we will be so thankful.

the six pines

The last tree, #1 on the previous photo, did not fall the right way and landed in the stream. Along came Richard in the huge 32 ton digger, and in a matter of a minute or so,lifted it up and dumped it alongside #2.

Tree #1 in the stream

Richard in the 32 ton digger #1The digger jaws #3

This is actually the first tree felled, but #6 in my photo. Limbed, and cut into rounds, They are now split and heaved onto the pile to dry out over summer.

Tree #1, cut into rounds.

The thinner branches have all been trimmed and are saved for cutting into smaller pieces for the chip heater, it heats our hot water in winter, and the solar panels take over in summer.

We save the pinecones, the tiny branches are piled up waiting to go through the mulcher/shredder/chipper.. Nothing is wasted!!!

Pinecones, 2017smaller branches, 2017

tree trimmings waiting to be mulched

Hot days for us in November, 29.6 Celsius, and hotter at times. I think of my Northern  friends, preparing for winter, getting out the merino clothing, winter tyres on the vehicles, and furnaces switched on.

Christmas is approaching so fast, we will be home,and having a very quiet day, maybe visiting a friend at night. Our southern family will be staying home, the Northern  family  have our grandies working so many days before and after the 25th, so I think they will be home too. I might save some, just a few,  of those hundreds of pine cones( the photo showed a small amount gathered up so far) and add some tinsel for fun.

Quotation of the day,  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“ Friendship is a sheltering tree”

Greetings from Jean

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Fox and his Gloves

One day, a small fox began his search for a winter home, he wandered through the trees.

Trees in the Forest

There was sunshine, and he could smell where Felicity had walked.

He talked as he walked along.

Felicity in the early morning sunlight

Maybe I can find another tree.Oh no,I can smell where Tom has  been lying  down in that warm sunshine.

 Tom by the tree framed

Maybe I should cross the stream and find a safer place to lie low for a while.Josh in the stream

Oh No,Josh is there, I will have to go the longer way.I know, I will just go this way. But the trees are being felled,  it all looks so different. The last sunset on the tall pines, they will be gone tomorrow.I need to hurry.

Last sunshine on the tall trees, November 2017

One last tree stands all alone now, maybe even that one will go down next week.This has some damage from another tree falling on it.

One tree with some damage.

Oh well,I will keep on walking. The flowers might be some help. I will start looking at the Amaryllis, white and red, they look beautiful.

White Amaryllis 2017Red Amaryllis Nove,ber 2017

red and white Amaryllis

not so good on my feet though. Keep on walking further!! The golden Day Lilies are flowering.

First Day Lily  in October

Now I can see one tree ready to hit the ground

Falling tree,  November 2017

I know, the flowers at the front will be perfect for my wee feet. Look at them , pale pink, palest mauve and deep purple. I need white when I walk across the snow.

Palest pink FoxglovePale Mauve FoxgloveDeep purple Foxglove

Here they are, white and perfect.

White foxgloves hanging down

Now I can walk across the snow, down to the stream .

Snow August 2011  with tall trees

Look at that, those tall trees at the very back are almost  all down now.

Just one at the southern side standing tall.

And this week, these 6 will also be felled, great excitement even more, as the huge 32 ton digger will be here to make sure they do not fall into the stream.

the six pines

No wonder the housework, sewing, quilting, and even meals have been neglected, too much interest in the noise, the fun, and the shouts of joy when another falls the right way. I heard there is a new owner of that land, and after a huge clean-up, native trees will be planted. Guess I can walk safely there once again.

Another day, another sunrise, as the red sky turns grey.

Morning sky November 18th 2017

November sunrise, grey and cloudy,November 2017

That’s all  from  the fox’s story.

We are both OK,Hugh had  a good report when he went back for post-cataract surgery check up .My rib  muscle? sprain?tear? is healing at long last. No definite diagnosis from the specialist , one more visit to make sure things are going in the right direction.

Tomorrow the Gammill machine goes to Waipukurau for a service, mini-overhaul?? the table has been cleaned, and the rollers are waiting.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ The old  fox knows where he is going”

Greetings from Jean

Friday, 27 October 2017

Bargains in the quilty department

Yesterday was my day to drive, and choose where I went. First stop, cutter blades. Woohoo!!! 30% off, and a further discount for having what is called a “ Gold Card” for those of us in the older age group, if you are 65 or older it entitles you to discount at selected stores, in some towns free bus or train travel ( very handy in Rotorua and Wellington) and is one perk at our age.

Next stop a specialised quilting place, and at the front door a sign “ 30% off fabrics”. so when all I needed was  a light and a dark, one of each,  to start the “wayward Transparency QAL” a few others hopped in as well.

The benefit of a smart phone, taking a photo in B&W to see if the balance from light to dark was correct. It was.

The yellow is a colour I have very little of, likewise the deep purple, and the lime green with large flowers was so pretty.

Dark purple, a dark green, and a pale green were all more goodies.The new blade is ready to go.

And I have a new project for Hugh, as soon as he can manage in the workshop. Yvonne at   quilting Jet girl   has a wonderful tutorial for a ladder to display quilts or wall hangings. So detailed, and easy to follow. This is on my list for a finish by Christmas.

wayward transparency new fabrics.  #3wayward transparency new fabrics

Black and white to make sure they were all OK.wayward transparency new fabrics. B&W

Did you notice that I have 2 sets of light to dark fabric now? What does that say about the next project?

I have another one ( to be posted overseas)  that is slowly getting finished, it has been partly done for ages, then sprained muscles,Hugh’s shoulder injury all interrupted it. Next week, all going well, I will have the next part done and it  will be finished and in the bag!!

This was taken  on 25th  October 2014, at 7.03 a.m.  and reminded me that even in October, frost will still be a threat to the new tomato plants. This morning, we had just over 5Celsius, and just the slightest white tinge on some places out there.

October frosty morning, looking back from the front lawnQuotation of the day, author unknown

“ Expect the unexpected,

believe the unbelievable,

and achieve beyond your dreams”

Greetings from Jean.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Situations Vacant…Position has been filled!!! Thank you all so much.

Thank you all SO  much for caring words, good wishes and loving thoughts for Hugh and his cataract surgery.

It was a long day, a lot of waiting, but all is well.His eye is very bloodshot, last night the lids were still gummed together, after the anaesthetic gel was oozing out. Day theatre staff were very caring, reassuring, and seemed to be unflappable. cool, calm and collected.

The reason why Hugh is not allowed to drive for maybe 2 weeks, is , if he is outdoors and there is any wind flying , dust, debris or anything else might get into  his  eye, it needs to be protected,  so he has this plastic shield, but the plaster obscures eyesight.And it has to be worn at night so sheets, pillow case edges or anything else cannot damage the eye.

I am hoping his recovery is fast. Meantime I am the driver, and so far so good.  Thank you for all the offers to come,fill in, and help in any other way. Your are all troopers of the highest colour.

Meantime some pics of us in earlier years.

July 2008 at  the Central Plateau. A very cold way to celebrate my birthday!!!

Jean & Hugh at the Mountain July 2008

July 2005, another birthday photo.

Jean & Hugh

And in 1964, my Dad, me ,Hugh, my Mum and Annette. These were the days of hats, gloves stockings !!! ,  this was at a family wedding in Papakura.

All together at a family wedding, 1964 #2

And one of the Purakaunui Falls in Otago. Maybe in 2009.A very popular spot for all photographers. I remember one man from Europe clambering down the slippery rocks to be almost in the spray. I hope to be there again next February.Purakaunui Falls,Otago

Quotation of the day, from a Waterfall

“ Go with the flow,

and let the cares float away downstream”

Greetings from Jean

Monday, 23 October 2017

Spring Glory is still here

Some of the daffs are still flowering,tulip buds unfolding, Sparaxis, wisteria ( forgot to get a photo of the delicate mauve blossoms)blue forget-me-not everywhere, grass is growing, and the weeds think it is time to show us how they thrive!!!

this one started as the palest bulb, and turned into deep pink.

The pale pink tulip turned deeper

There are several this shade, but none as frilly.

Frilly as it likes

Tulips, forget-me-not and red Sparaxis in the lower right. The pale pink at the very back is the same one in the first photo.tulips, Blue forget-me-not and sparaxis.

There are 5 bulbs of these daffs, the others have faded, two are still so delicate and beautiful

Daffodils, the last to bloom

The English Elm has pale leaves and loaded with   flowers on every branch and twig.

elm tree  in October

These are the pale flowers, that dry to an almost transparent casing, and blow everywhere in even the slightest breeze.

Elm Tree Flowers

The Weeping Silver Pear tree is so delicate, and really pretty.

Weeping Silver Pear, 2017

I emptied the  rain gauge into the pond and Boris thought he might jump in after he heard the splash.

Boris, on the bridge over the pond

I am slowly healing, and remind myself to NEVER help lift a can of petrol ever again. Hugh’s shoulder is  back to normal, he has had the pre-op check up at Whanganui Hospital last Thursday.  and tomorrow, bright and early, has  cataract surgery. The first one 2 years ago went well, so I hope this will be the same. Same surgeon, back form the UK for a very busy catch up of 6 months appointments. The only drawback to this , is he cannot drive for about 3 weeks. I might just see if there is a “chauffeur” available.I will be open to all offers, overseas applicants can  also apply, food and board for free, air travel is your own expense!!! Please email for job specifications!!!!

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Flowers are silent friends

that give beauty unasked”

Greetings from Jean.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunshine, after so much Rain.

The flowers have blossomed, in spite of so much rain. Tulips,Bearded Iris, Dutch Iris, Cherry Blossom, and Gladiolus Nanus,. and more.

The are……….    !!!!!!!!     …….. Photos Galore!!!!Tulip #3Tulip #2Tulip #1Tulip #9Tulip #8Tulip #6 and pink bluebells

Tulip #8Tulip #4

Tulip #9

One side of the driveway, deeper pink and upright,  the paler blossoms below are on the other side, and are so beautiful and droop their branches so delicately.

Cherry Blossom 2017 #1Cherry Blossom 2017 #2Cherry Blossom 2017 #3Cherry Blossom 2017 #4Bearded Iris #1

Dutch Iris 2017

Violets, lupins, tulips and Dutch Iris.

Ixia and Gladiolus Nanus are two of my favourites, right after

the Tulips.

.Ixia, 2017Pink Ixia, my favourite

The Gladiolus Nanus were lost somewhere last year, this year in a tub, and saved. They are graceful and delicate.

Gladiolus Nanus 2017

Hugh and I continue to heal, he is a long way ahead of me, but we are  both so thankful for all the help we are receiving. The firewood is slowly getting cut and split, many thanks to friends.

I am so thankful for a safer place to live, wonderful friends, calmer weather, and my blog friends closer here in NZ  and far away. Amidst all the tragedy, hurricanes, snow storms, shootings, and the ongoing famine and war, we all must try to find beauty and peace, in the blue skies, the green grass, the flowers, and trees, whatever season we live in.    Autumn colours in the North, spring flowers down south.

The quilting machine is still languishing in the garage, our Fix-it  man ( aka super-duper sewing machine mechanic) is still in Tasmania after a new grandchild arrived. It will get attended too in time, meanwhile I have a Christmas block QAL, and Yvonne’s transparency quilt ,  (fabrics chosen, starting in some days to come ) to enjoy.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“A Rainbow

     is a promise of sunshine after rain,

        of calm after storms,

             of joy after sadness,

                 of peace after pain,

                     of love after loss.”


Greetings from Jean.